The Alabama Law Foundation’s yearly grants support programs committed to the foundation’s mission of making access to justice a reality for all of Alabama’s citizens. The 2017 grants were in three sections: Legal Aid to the Poor , Administration of Justice, and Law Related Education. The grants for 2017 totaled $512,500.
The following programs that provide civil legal services for the low-income residents of Alabama collectively received grants totaling $470,000:
The Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program which refers cases directly to lawyers in 60 counties and coordinates 2,0l1 volunteers, received an $80,000 grant.
The Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, which refers cases to 626 attorneys in the Birmingham area, received an $85,000 grant.
The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama received a $45,000 grant to continue providing low-cost, quality legal and immigration services to low-income immigrants.
Legal Services Alabama (LSA), which provides legal aid to economically disadvantaged citizens throughout Alabama, received a $50,000 grant.
The Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program works with 405 lawyers and received a $45,000 grant.
The Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Program, which works with 390 lawyers to meet the legal needs of low income clients in Montgomery County, received a $45,000 grant.
The South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, which refers cases directly to 846 lawyers in Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, and Washington counties, received a $60,000 grant.
The YWCA of Central Alabama received a $60,000 IOLTA grant to continue the “Justice on Wheels” program for victims of domestic violence in Blount and St. Clair Counties.
The foundation’s legal aid grant recipients closed 16,039 cases in 2016.
The following programs that improve the administration of justice collectively received grants totaling $40,000:
The Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, which assists attorneys appointed to capital cases in the post-conviction stage and supplies some representation to indigent defendants, received a $40,000 IOLTA grant.
The following programs that provide law related education received grants totaling $2,500:
The Birmingham International Education Film Festival received $2,500.